The Cape of Good Hope is a popular excursion for visitors staying in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a beautiful spot, with unpredictable weather, baboons that will boldly try to raid your car, and adorable penguins playing in the ocean. If you are traveling to Cape Town, don’t miss this amazing place!
What is the Cape of Good Hope?
The Cape of Good Hope is a promontory off of the southern tip of South Africa. It is mistakenly thought of as the southernmost point of Africa and the spot where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The true southernmost point of Africa is at Cape Agulhas, located on the Garden Route of South Africa over 200 km away.
Why is this important to know? Well, for one thing, it’s nice to have your facts straight. Also, you might want to check out the true southernmost point at Cape Agulhas if you are traveling that way. Unfortunately for us, several days earlier we had driven right past it, missing our chance to see the southernmost point of Africa. Not a big deal but it would have been neat to see.
What is there to do at the Cape of Good Hope?
The best thing to do, in our opinion, is to enjoy the natural, wild beauty of this place. The Cape of Good Hope is a narrow peninsula jutting out into the ocean. With this landscape comes lots of wind and unpredictable weather. We left our apartment in Glencairn, where it was warm, bright and sunny, and just 30 km to south, the Cape of Good Hope was chilly and covered with clouds.
The coastline meeting the backdrop of clouds with occasional glimpses of the sun created a dramatic landscape. What a gorgeous place.
While at the Cape of Good Hope, keep an eye out for the zebra and Eland that roam here. There are 1,100 species of indigenous plants that grow here and nowhere else in the world. Furthermore, this is a great spot for whale watching during the months of June to November.
Climb up to the lighthouse for the best views over the Cape of Good Hope. There are three ways to get to the top. Along the coastline is a paved path with several long stone staircases. This route will give you the best views of the coastline. From the car park is paved path all way to the top. It’s a steady climb and not very strenuous. For those who don’t feel like hoofing it to the top, there is a funicular that will get you to the viewpoint. The Flying Dutchman Funicular will get you to the top in three minutes for a small fee.
How to Get to the Cape of Good Hope
The Cape of Good Hope is located 70 km away from Cape Town. By car, it takes about an hour and a half to drive here from the city. Go by way of Chapman’s Peak and Nordhoek for even more dramatic scenery.
Along the way, stop at Boulder’s Beach to see these cute little guys.
How Much Does it Cost?
The Cape of Good Hope is a section of the Table Mountain National Park, even though Table Mountain is located 70 km to the north. Table Mountain National Park is managed by SANParks.
Costs for visiting the Cape of Good Hope:
South Africans (with ID):
- Adults: R90
- Children (2 – 11 years old): R45
- Adults: R360
- Children (2 – 11 years old): R180
For more information about hours of operation, updating pricing (including pricing for the funicular), click here.
The Green Card (only for residents of Cape Town) gives cardholders 12 free entries per year.
Watch Out for those Baboons!
You will see signs everywhere at the Cape of Good Hope warning visitors not to feed the baboons. These little guys are very bold.
During our visit, we got stopped in traffic because a troop of baboons were playing in the road. This is not an unusual scenario in South Africa. While some baboons were in the road, their buddies were walking down the line of cars trying to open the doors. These were cars that were running and filled with people, mind you. Baboons have no qualms about reaching into your car and stealing your food…we speak from experience. But never had we seen animal behavior that was as bold as this.
We tried to capture it on video but wouldn’t you know it, the baboons skipped our car. Tyler and Kara were so disappointed!!
Here’s Tyler’s YouTube video…check out the baboons and the Cape of Good Hope scenery.
The Cape of Good Hope makes an awesome day trip from Cape Town and it is an experience you don’t want to miss.
More Information about South Africa
GARDEN ROUTE: Top experiences on the Garden Route include hiking the Robberg Peninsula, getting up close with animals in the wildlife parks, and shark cage diving. Learn how to plan your road trip in our Garden Route Itinerary.
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Kruger National Park is one of the best places to go on safari is South Africa. iSimangaliso Wetland Park is lesser known but is well worth the visit to see hippos, rhinos, and amazing beaches. On the Garden Route, visit the wildlife parks or go shark cage diving.
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International visitors have to pay R303 per adult. Might want to add that in. I think it’s ridiculously priced for what it offers (versus other points of interest to visit in South Africa.
Thank you so much for the update! I have just updated the post…it looks like prices changed as of November 1, 2018. Cheers, Julie
Very nice destination i hope i will see it for the near future. Nice feature. Thanks for the info.
If I were staying in Cape Town for rest of trip, is it worth renting a car for the day or is there public transportation down to the Cape of Good Hope? Do I need a car for getting around Cape Town too?
There is public transportation from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope. Here is a link with more information. You do not need to have a car to get around Cape Town but having a car is very convenient. Some sites are outside of the city limits so having a car would be worthwhile to visit these. You could rent a car for 2 to 3 days, using it to visit the Cape of Good Hope, the wine region if this is something that interests you, and other outlying sites. Just a thought. Cheers, Julie
Any places you recommend to eat lunch at while driving down the peninsula?
Hello Kandace. If you want a place with a funky vibe, try the Cape to Cuba in Kalk Bay. Cheers, Julie
Thanks for sharing! We’re heading to South Africa this fall and only have four days to explore Cape Town. We’re planning on driving to the Cape of Good Hope but were trying to figure out how much time to allocate! A half day? Full day? What do you think is reasonable based on your experience?
Hello Shannon. You would need at least half a day to see the Cape of Good Hope from Cape Town. It will take almost an hour and a half just to drive there. On the way down, stop at Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town to see the penguins. This is a quick stop, it takes about a half an hour. Then, drive to the Cape of Good Hope. You need about two hours here to drive the whole thing and see all of the viewpoints. On your way back to Cape Town, drive the Chapman’s Peak drive to Hout Bay. This is a beautiful drive and totally worth it. All of this will take most of a day but you will get to see three places that are really great to visit. Hope this helps!! Cheers, Julie
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